From a reader:
We had a very successful workshop on the Extraordinary Form for the laity in Birmingham, AL. Nearly 200 people showed up for the conference and Solemn Mass. Fr. Justin Nolan gave very informative talks, with an approach that was sensitive to the audience (those mostly unfamiliar with the Traditional Liturgy).
Extraordinary Form Workshop a Success
Nearly 200 people attended the “Introduction to the Extraordinary
Form” workshop for the laity on Saturday, August 15. This
diocesan-wide event took place at the Cathedral of St. Paul in
downtown Birmingham, and was presented by Una Voce Northern Alabama.
The workshop, which was lead by Fr. Justin Nolan of the Priestly
Fraternity of St. Peter, consisted of two talks in the morning, Solemn
High Mass, and a question and answer session over lunch in the
During the morning talks, Fr. Nolan explained the basic principles of
liturgical worship, and then examined the Extraordinary Form of the
Mass in light of these principles. He discussed the sacrificial nature
of the Mass, orientation in the liturgy, the importance of Latin, and
the roles of priest and laity at Mass, as well as more practical
points on how to actually participate during Mass. These talks were
given within the context of Pope Benedict XVI’s plan for liturgical
The highlight of the day was Solemn High Mass in the cathedral for the
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Mass was
celebrated by Fr. Dominic Mary Garner, MFVA, with Fr. Joseph Mary
Wolfe, MFVA, serving as deacon, and Fr. Justin Nolan, FSSP, serving as
subdeacon. The Solemn High Mass contains the full ceremonial richness
of the traditional ritual. Adding to the solemnity was a sixteen-voice
choir which sang Hassler’s Missa "Dixit Maria," Gregorian chant, and
motets by Victoria, Remondi, and Wood. The Knights of Columbus
provided an Honor Guard for the Mass.
This free event provided an opportunity for those who were unfamiliar
with the Traditional Latin Mass to learn the fundamentals of this
older form, and to experience the beauty of the liturgy firsthand.
Those who are interested in learning more about the Extraordinary
Form, including where and when the Mass is being offered in the
diocese, may visit the Una Voce Northern Alabama web site at
www.unavocenorthernalabama.com. Audio recordings of the talks from the
workshop are available for download on the main page of the web site.